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Call me Madame President...a really busy day and freeking out just a little.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

So, today has been a REALLY busy day...up at 4:00 to go running, got home a bit before 6:00 and fit in some yoga before taking the kids to school a little after 7:00. Back home for a shower then back to school for an awards assembly where my son received yet another award for reading, I think I've been to every awards assembly this year-lol!! After that it was off to get groceries. I got to come home for a couple of hours before going back to school to get the kids. Instead of leaving right away though we had to stay for a PTA meeting.

This is where it gets really interesting...I'll have to back up a bit to give you a more complete picture of what happened today. Our PTA board this year has had a couple of issues, things weren't done in the appropriate way and things needed to be changed a bit, unfortunately the board sort of tried to re-elect themselves again. Our Principal wasn't going to stand for it and got Chapter intervention. The girl who would have been our next president removed herself from the running. This left a huge hole that needed to be filled...our District President and our Principal both know me. I've known our district president since she was a kid-lol!! It was the district president who called me and talked to me and made me cry when I hung up the phone. She asked me to step up and run for president and told me all the reasons why I should and why both she and the principal wanted me in the position. I was overwhelmed. That's putting it mildly. I accepted the invitation in a moment of insanity. The vote of confidence from the District President and Principal made me temporarily insane-lol!! Never, ever would have thought for even a moment that I would ever be running for PTA President.

Today was the election...I was TERRIFIED something was going to happen. On the other hand a really big part of me wanted something to happen so someone else would get elected instead of me-lol!!

Nothing happened...it was totally and completely uneventful and I am now the President Elect of our school. EEEEKKKKK. The biggest problem is my board is primarily made up of people who are just waiting for me to mess up. I'm going to do my best though and work really hard to build an awesome PTA. EEEEKKK. The good part is that I am not tearing apart the house looking for food-lol!! I had a snack of measured out hummus and pita chips and I'm not going back for more.

Today is Tuna Melt night...my first meat in 6 days. I'm adapting this recipe too...too much mayo. I use very little in my tuna salad...my magic recipe is 1 Tablespoon each onion, relish, and mayo per can of tuna :). Simple recipe...one can per 4 servings...each serving is one whole wheat English Muffin split in half and lightly toasted. Spread each half with a few tablespoons of tuna salad, top with a slice of tomato and sprinkle with cheese. Put in oven until warm and cheese is melty. First time to try it tonight. Kids like tuna so this might be a hit all the way around.

Okay, gotta go...someone needs help with homework-lol! Hope everyone has a great day/evening. :) My day isn't done yet, off to baseball soon :).

  
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DARINGR8LY 5/6/2011 1:17PM

    You will do great. emoticon emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/6/2011 11:11AM

    4:00 AM??? And I've been complaining about waking up at 5:30. I know as I start working out more I'll have to wake up earlier too! UGH!

emoticon on the position! You'll do a great job! And...I love tuna melts! I'm going to add that to our menu next week!

Have a great weekend!
Krista

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FUNFROG79 5/6/2011 10:31AM

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ZURDTA- 5/6/2011 9:39AM

    Congratulations - it appears that some people really DO have faith in your abilities, so not everyone is waiting for you to mess up!

And that tuna melt sounds yummy...

Have a great day!

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BROWREN 5/6/2011 8:19AM

    I'm sure you will be a wonderful PTA president! You've already proved that you care about the school and what the kids get out of it. Two very important elements for a successful PTA.

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NEW-CAZ 5/6/2011 3:17AM

    emoticon Madam President!
Knock their socks off Heather and have fun with it! emoticon emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 5/5/2011 9:06PM

    Congrats Madame President! Have fun with it!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/5/2011 8:06PM

    Definitely a congrats!!! You'll do great! :-)

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RAIN_SIS 5/5/2011 7:41PM

    Getting up at 4 am and brimming with energy
These things are bound to lead to trouble.

I will say congratulations to the school for getting you to do the job.

May the force be with you.

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LISAW/3 5/5/2011 7:13PM

    Congratulations on being PTA president! It takes a strong person to take on the role and it sounds like the District President and Principal think you can handle it!
Good luck!

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GUNDERMAN27 5/5/2011 7:04PM

    Holy Busy Woman! Good luck as President. Do your best and the people waiting for you to mess up will just have to focus on someone else to pick on. I know people like that too. They just need to grow up. Your tuna melt thing sound interesting, but I'm not a fan of tuna so I would have to pass on that one. Have fun at baseball :)

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/5/2011 7:01PM

    I did that one year. I had to learn the hard way not to worry what other people thought of me. Good Luck.

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JENNSWIMS 5/5/2011 6:59PM

    I'm not sure if I should say "congrats" or "I'm sorry!"

It sounds like a lot of work, but it also sounds like some important people have total faith in you. Keep up the good work.

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Resisting temptation ends in the perfect day.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

This week I am striving to go meat free for the entire week, with one exception of tuna melts one day this week. My week actually started on Friday and I've had 100% success so far. I am not giving up meat forever, not yet, just trying to get a lot closer to meat free and want one week to see how it goes. So far, so good.

Tonight was tough though. I was sorely tempted tonight to ditch my plan and eat the same dinner I prepared for my family. Daughter has been BEGGING for Pineapple Burgers. This is an OLD family favorite, my mom made them when I was a kid, and one of those things that is really hard to pass up. Essentially you have two hamburger patties with a pineapple ring in between. Stick it in the broiler until cooked through then drizzle a "sweet and sour" type sauce over the whole thing (ketchup, brown sugar and mustard warmed on the stove). My description does not do them justice. Very yummy. So, I promised daughter pineapple burgers tonight.

As I start planning out my food for the day I am at a loss as to what I am going to have for dinner. Really had no clue, thought of a couple different things, but nothing compared to pineapple burgers-lol!

I thought that maybe I could make a version using some Boca burgers I thought I had in the freezer, no go...guess they'd been there awhile and I tossed them last time I cleaned the freezer. Then I thought of this item that was on my menu for later in the week. I made this dish once before and it was really good, but REALLY high in sodium so I wasn't positive I really wanted them again. Cottage Cheese Patties...sounds pretty disgusting, I know. I don't really like cottage cheese, but these are really actually pretty yummy. Originally the recipe covers the patties in condensed cream of mushroom soup. My idea was to make just the patty, add a pineapple slice on top and a little of the sauce. Kind of a veg version of the family's dinner. I checked recipes and decided it was do-able with a few changes (rolling the patties in bread crumbs to help them hold together better).

Went about my day, started the family's dinner and was kind of disgusted by the amount of grease left on my hands after shaping the patties and went to start on my version. I couldn't find the cottage cheese I KNEW we had!! I panicked!! What on earth was I going to eat??!! Hubs had cleaned out the fridge for me and I accused him of tossing the cottage cheese. For a moment I thought I'd be left eating the pineapple burgers with everyone else. Sounded so tempting. The perfect excuse to break my goal and to eat that meat. Except it was so greasy!! Lol! I didn't want the meat!! I'd figured out my plan and I wanted my version of a pineapple burger!!

In desperation I went to the cupboard and started scanning for something, anything, that would work as a quick substitute for my dinner. I found a can of black bean refried beans and decided on a burrito. So back to the refrigerator for lettuce, tomato and oh look, we are out of cheese, okay a burrito without cheese. I reach for a tomato and something catches my eye....waaaaaaaay back in the back behind a bunch of stuff, is the cottage cheese!!!! YAY!! Apologies to the husband, laced with "you put it way in the back" (yeah, not ready to really give up the frustration I'd just been through) and I went back to the original plan.

Whipped up the cottage cheese patties, rolled them in bread crumbs and cooked them in a pan. Went to get a slice of pineapple to warm up in the pan with the patties and the can is empty!! "Kaylie, did you eat all the pineapple?" "Yes, why?" "Well, I wanted one slice for my dinner." "Sorry, it was just so good." Can I really argue with my daughter eating fruit (even if it is canned fruit)? No....Okay, no pineapple.

Sit down to dinner and put a little sauce on my patties and YUM!! Not the same by any stretch of the imagination but still REALLY good and an acceptable substitution for a meal I really love!! Turns out youngest did not want the pineapple in her burger, so I took her slice and yes it had hamburger cooties on it, but I decided to overlook that fact and broke it into pieces and ate it with my patties and sauce. So, yeah, I'm not perfect, but I'm still trying :).

The plus to this? When I was done adding up my day....I hit the mark on calories, carbs, fat and PROTEIN!! Hey, wait, aren't vegetarians supposed to have a hard time hitting the protein numbers??!! Well, here is the funny part....when I eat meat I SELDOM hit the protein mark, and if I do I usually go over in fat. Huh, fancy that :). I do not expect that I will do that again anytime soon, but it is pretty awesome!! The only downside was that I did go over in sodium, which is not a huge concern for me past water retention. I'm going to be working further on that cottage cheese patty recipe and see if I can reduce the sodium a little more...it used dry onion soup mix as an ingredient, if I can ditch that and add some onion and other herbs or spices that won't add sodium it'll be a healthier recipe. Will give that a try next time I make it. I'm not a terribly creative cook so hopefully I will stumble upon something great-lol!!

In the end it all worked out, I'm still doing great, I even totally resisted eating the leftovers on my kids' plates-lol!!

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you have to find a way to make it work. Today I made it work and that feels pretty darn awesome!! That combined with more than the required amount of water (it's been really hot here and more water is pretty much required), a great strength workout, a great yoga session (yoga fusion that counts as cardio), an abs/cardio workout, and a walk made today an awesome day!! Oh, and I almost forgot!!...All of that made me feel STRONG :)!!

Hope everyone else had/has a great day too :).

  
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LANIDOLL 5/16/2011 8:34AM

    Thanks for sharing your ups and downs. It seems like your attitude was able to carry you through and you were rewarded with success. Keep on going strong.

Oh, and could you sparkmail me that cot. ch. patty recipe :)

Thanks and take care,
Helane
Butterflies EL emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 5/5/2011 3:18PM

    Way to go! And, you know, I've NEVER had a cottage cheese patties before and now I'm totally curious!

You can totally hit your protein as a veg, it just takes a bit of planning! :) You're doing an awesome job woman!

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DARINGR8LY 5/5/2011 1:53PM

    Great job! Love those successful days. emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/5/2011 1:02PM

    Way to go! Definitely a successful day!!!!! :-) Now just keep building on that and you're on a streak! Woohoo!!!!

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JANNERUN 5/5/2011 12:45PM

    You did great and your meal sounds wonderful!

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 9:40AM

    Congrats on a successful and inventive meal! emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/5/2011 9:39AM

    WOW, you amaze me! I'm not a creative cooker, give me a recipe. So I'll be asking you A LOT..."Give me a recipe!"
Congrats on figuring out a yummy alternative to what your family was eating.!!!



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FLUTTER-BY)L( 5/5/2011 9:32AM

    Great job in figuring it out. You are doing awesome. Keep moving forward.

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TEDDYBABE 5/5/2011 6:14AM

    Great idea on the cottage cheese/pineapple/bread crumbs burger! And kudos for trying your meat free week. I have thought of doing this.

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NEW-CAZ 5/5/2011 3:09AM

    It's amazing how inventive you can get when you want to stick to your guns on healthy eating Heather.
I just adore your blogs and "hearing" your family around you at meal times (or when your kids do yoga with you) it brings your blogs to life!
Keep sparking and keep eating well hun..........I never get how vegetarians have a hard time hitting protein either emoticon

Have a great day emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 5/5/2011 1:16AM

    Congrats for finding a good solution!! I admire you for trying to go meatless. It's not a choice I would make for a week, but I am trying to branch out and have more vegetarian meals. And by the way, you're a really great writer! I could feel your frustration in your descriptions!!

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Just a bunch of words, a pic and a recipe for Lentil Tacos

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Happy Tuesday all! Yesterday was a kind of rocky Monday, as they tend to be sometimes, but got through it and did it pretty well.

Walked to pick up the kids from school, despite it being a tad toasty yesterday (in the 90's), fortunately the wind settled down to a breeze and kept things a bit more comfy. Got in some strength training, but not all of it because I had to stop to make dinner and then never got back...dang it. Oh well, I did the majority of what I set out to do and am okay with it...if I really want to I can fit in the other part of strength today :).

Dinner last night was a success, well, sort of. Husband and son had baseball practice and we ended up doing what we never do and ate in two groups. My mom, myself and the girls in one shift, my husband and son in the second. I made hamburger helper (ugggh) for the kids and husband and Creamy Quinoa Primavera for myself and anybody else who wanted it.



To be fair to the Quinoa, I took this pic this morning, after it had been smushed in the container, in the refrigerator all night. This was SOOOOOOOO yummy!! My adventurous six year old also loved it she ate all of the first small serving I gave her and asked for more. She ate more of this than she did hamburger helper!!! Ingredients are Quinoa (a grain for those not familiar with it---pronounce KEEN-WAH), 5 cups miscellaneous vegetables, I used zucchini, tomatoes and peas (it's what I had on hand and sounded good), some garlic, a teaspoon of dried basil (my fresh isn't big enough to use yet), 3 oz of low-fat cream cheese and a sprinkle of Romano cheese ( I used the Parmesan and Romano blend I buy for spaghetti). It was soooo goooood and sooo filling. And, I'll tell ya, when I opened the container to take the pic, the smell made me drool, it smells so good, even cold!! I did not miss the hamburger helper AT ALL! Yesterday I wrote about operation almost vegetarian...I have a lot to learn and I need to learn to think ahead.

First, I am working on vegetarian living which means I can still use milk and cheese, etc, but the more I think about it the more I want to try finding good options for milk and cheese too...right now it is not a priority as I work on figuring out how to get just meat out of our diet, but I can see that change coming on the horizon. The other part is thinking ahead. I didn't CAREFULLY read the recipe and it used chicken broth for the liquid. As a meat eating household I have chicken and beef bullion cubes and/or granules in my cupboards, but not vegi broth. So, I went ahead and used beef broth (forgot I'd used up all the chicken) since it was a new recipe and I am not so great a chef that I am comfortable altering recipes I've never tried. So, I need to keep vegi broth on hand to use in recipes as an alternate to animal broth. I had a light bulb moment here and I'm sure some of you will be thinking "well, duh", but while I am a competent cook, I'm not necessarily a creative one-lol!! So, anyways, anytime I cook with vegetables there are always bits and pieces left over. For example, last night I didn't need all of the zucchini I sliced up for the Quinoa dish. Why don't I keep a storage bag in the freezer and add all those bits and pieces until I have a decent collection and use that to make homemade vegi broth and then freeze that in 1 cup containers to have on hand? I know, duh, right? LOL!! On some recipes I'm more familiar with I can just use water and then individually we can adjust for more sodium if needed (all meat broth is anyways is a little flavor and lots of sodium). Any thoughts on this? Anyone with more experience have any tips or suggestions? I know I can get canned vegi broth, do they make vegi granules?

Okay, moving on...several of you asked about my Lentil Tacos recipe...here is the link... allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tasty-Lentil-T
acos/Detail.aspx


We LOVE this recipe! It calls for hard taco shells, which my kids love, but more often we use soft tortillas and make it a burrito or a wrap. Use whole wheat for a much healthier option. We seldom use the sour cream in the recipe. I love mine as a burrito packed with lettuce and tomato. We have always used the beef broth in the past, but I'll be making it this time with vegi broth and we'll see how that goes.

Moving forward, still have a run on board for later today, thinking I'll take the kids to the park while I run, I'll walk again to get the kids and fit in a 30 minute walk and when I am done here it is house work and then some yoga and that other part of strength training, before getting the kids....time to get busy...this day is moving forward without me-lol!!!

  
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SEABREEZE65 5/4/2011 9:04AM

    Looks and sounds delicious. Unfortunately, I also like hamburger helper.....

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ESBELL 5/3/2011 10:18PM

    This is the third Quinoa recipe that has come through my inbox this week. Added to the fact that Princess watched the Kentucky Fried Cruelty video and now wants to become a vegetarian. I think the universe is trying to tell me something!

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ENDUROVET 5/3/2011 6:01PM

    Thanks for the lentil recipe; I also unearthed this handy article in my web-surfing:

http://www.west
onaprice.org/food-features/492-
putting-the-polish-on-those-hum
ble-beans?qh=YToyOntpOjA7czo3Oi
JsZWd1bWVzIjtpOjE7czo2OiJsZWd1b
WUiO30%3D

(from Weston A Price website)

I know I would do myself a great deal of good w/more home cookin'; I have been pulling quite a few recipes off the Sparkrecipes app on my iPhone!

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CICI510 5/3/2011 3:12PM

    OK I have been wanting to try quinoa for awhile but have been scared to buy it since I don't really know how to cook it. I'd love to try this recipe (it looks SO yummy!) but I'm scared. Any tips for a newbie cook? :)

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RAIN_SIS 5/3/2011 2:56PM

    I made vegetable broth last fall when I had a big assortment from the farmer's market. I used mostly root vegetables, along with onion, celery and garlic. If I find the recipe I will send it to you. The main tip, more important than what vegetables you use, coat the veggies in olive oil and roast them before boiiing them into broth. It adds a lot of flavor.
I froze it in two cup portions using 1 quart yogurt containers. Muffin tins are also good for freezing the broth. After it is frozen you pop it out of the containers, or tin, and store it in bags until you need it.
If you like using boullion cubes Knorr makes vegetable broth cubes. It comes in a yellow box. I have gotten other brands at Whole Foods, but I think the Knorr brand is carried by most grocery stores.

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NEW-CAZ 5/3/2011 1:52PM

    Great recipe Heather emoticon

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FUNFROG79 5/3/2011 1:24PM

    Thanks for the recipe!

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DARINGR8LY 5/3/2011 1:12PM

    All the food you mentioned has me drooling. I haven't had food yet. Must eat.

I know you didn't ask for it but I findalmondmilk a great swap for my 1% milk. I feel better for less calories. If you mix it with certain ingredients no one needs to know.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/3/2011 1:10PM

    I just realized after reading that I've been...GASP...a LURKER on your blog lately!!!! LOL I have been reading and not commenting. Oops!

Anyways - this is an interesting turn of events you are on! I'm anxious to see where it goes! :-) Good job for making healthy such a big part of your life...I'm definitely going to have to try these recipes.

Now get out there and get your stuff done so you can get your run in today! It's gonna be another scorcher - in the mid-90's again!

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MNGIRLIE 5/3/2011 1:06PM

    Quinoa = tasty! Your recipe sounds delish! I have a favorite quinoa recipe that I found on allrecipes.com too. It's for Black Bean and Quinoa. I doctored it up a bit and it's so great.

I also found a really tasty recipe for vegan lentil sloppy joes. They turned out great. If you're interested in the recipe definitely let me know.

Thanks for the lentil taco link! I'd love to try them soon.

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DISP715 5/3/2011 12:44PM

    Wow! Total YUM on the recipes. You HAVE to check out the cookbook "Skinny Bitch Ultimate Cookbook". Don't let the name turn you off, she does not promote anorexia. She just wants us to care about what we put in our bodies. It is a vegan cookbook. I have made at least 20 of the recipes and they are fantastic. Including the lentil tacos, strawberry cupcakes, curry chickpea patties and cinnamon pancakes. I am not going to be vegan, like dairy and eggs too much, but, I am going to be more conscious of where I get my food from. I can't pretend anymore that animals are not being tortured so we can eat them. Anyway, good luck on your journey. Let me know if you check out the book. She also has a great website, healthybitchdaily.com. PS: I use veggie broth in everything, you can get the boxes of organic, low sodium broth at any market.

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AREBMAN 5/3/2011 12:40PM

    SOUNDS YUMMY!

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Operation almost vegetarian...

Monday, May 02, 2011

Sounds kind of strange doesn't it..."almost vegetarian". What is an "almost vegetarian"? emoticon

My family members are carnivores. My husband grew up in a very serious "meat and potatoes" family. I mean really, they come from Idaho!! Literally, meat and potatoes!! And milk, that man drinks more milk than my kids!! Anyways, for a long time I've been concerned about the amount of meat in our diet and I guess I'll go ahead and list the reasons, in no particular order.

1. Cholesterol-my husband's is chronically high.
2. The cost. Meat is horribly expensive if you are buying the good stuff (except ground turkey which I can usually get cheaper and leaner than ground beef).
3. The meat industry is horribly disgusting.
a. how meat is slaughtered
b. the hormones and medications given the animals get into our food
c. the lack of general respect given the animal during its entire life span
d. having purchase a pig raised by my SIL, we also know that meat raised with respect and good food, no hormones and no meds before slaughter and slaughtered with respect tastes a MILLION times better than anything bought at the store.
4. Meat should be a condiment not an entree
5. How I feel after a heavy on the meat meal
6. I honestly believe that the things grown from the earth were intended to be the main food supply for man, with meat taking a place during cold winter months when produce is in short supply.
7. I don't like the idea of how we needlessly slaughter so many animals. It is wasteful what we do. Going out and raising and slaughtering your own stock for your family is one thing to take an entire herd of cattle and slaughter them and then ship them to market where a goodly portion of that meat is going to end up in the dumpster seems so wrong. I also feel that how we treat the fish and other creatures in our oceans is a disgrace. Raise a tuna, shrimp, lobster, whatever on a farm, we don't need to empty our oceans of every living thing, including creatures we do not consume, like dolphin and sea turtle.

With all those things in mind and probably some I didn't list because they aren't coming to mind right now, I've often thought that we need to eat a bit more vegetarian and a lot less carnivore. My family has rejected this plan wholeheartedly the majority of the time. My one major success is my lentil tacos. They all like the lentil tacos-lol! They deserve to be liked, they are really, really yummy. Unfortunately, they are not actually 100 % vegetarian...I use beef broth to soak the lentils so they still taste like meat emoticon.

Lately I've been reading the book "Skinny B----". My son asks me why I am reading a book with a bad word in the title. I've had to explain the whole concept of stereotype and a few other things. A friend sent me a copy of the book and I've been reading it. I don't completely agree with everything in the book, but they do make valid points. Points I've been making to myself and my family.

So...I got out a couple cookbooks and got some recipes from allrecipes.com and I've put together a menu for the week that includes foods my family will eat, mixed with some foods I want us to eat. For them it will be a side dish. For me it is my meal.

I will spend this week passing on nearly all of the meat being served and I will have veg dishes and salads. My one exception will be the tuna melts coming up. They just sound too good :). Dolphin safe tuna, a whole wheat English muffin, a slice of tomato and a sprinkle of cheese, toasted in the oven. Mmmm. Making myself hungry :).

Quinoa, wheat berries and lentils are playing a major role in my diet this week. I will be making my tacos, but with less broth and more water to start adjusting our tastes to the natural flavor of things instead of the high sodium, beef-ish flavor.

This experiment actually started on Friday when I cooked some hamburgers for the family and I had cauliflower soup. I had soup again on Saturday while they had mac n' cheese (and then, later pizza-I ate half a pepperoni left on my daughter's slice (she made me pick off the pepperoni and I missed half a one-lol)). Yesterday was a vegetarian day for everyone, but I still did something a bit different.

I made polenta for myself. Made with water, whole corn and cornmeal this recipe is really good and super low fat. One teaspoon of butter in an eight serving recipe. I sliced and browned the polenta in a pan sprayed with cooking spray. I then sprinkled with a tiny bit of cheddar (we were out of Parmesan so everybody was using cheddar, and then poured the marinara everybody was using for their noodles over the polenta. Sooooo yummy and soooo much more filling than noodles. Less processed too. Tonight is son's favorite Teriyaki beef and rice. I'm making a Creamy quinoa primavera for myself. Quinoa, neufchatel (aka low fat cream cheese), and a variety of vegis, I'm using zucchini, tomatoes and peas. Have to hit the store later and if I can find asparagus for a good price might throw in a bit of that too. My peas in my garden are putting out pods, wish they were big enough to eat, would love to throw in those instead of the frozen I'm using. Oh well, if the recipe is as good as it sounds I'll make it again when my garden is producing better emoticon.

So, once again this is really long....this week is going to be operation almost vegetarian and we'll see how it goes and maybe, just maybe, my family will decide they like some of the things I will make and we can continue to cut a lot less meat and add a little more veg and live a little more healthily.

  
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RUNNINGPFUHL 5/2/2011 4:47PM

    I agree with you completely. I eat fish, but I don't eat meat, red white or other. I did it initially to help get my cholesterol down but found that I honestly feel So.Much.Better! I also have to make a conscious effort about what I eat....because I'm not a "french fry" vegetarian. LOL

My family is also against this with 7 forces of the sun! BUT I have incorporated a few meals that they like. One is Gnocci "goulash"

Recipe found here:

http://www.eatingwell.
com/recipes/skillet_gnocchi_wit
h_chard_white_beans.html

I use spinach instead of chard.
I add zucchini and bell pepper as well.

My kiddo actually requests this meal my husband likes it as well.

I made Farmhouse Lentil Stew (spark people recipe) last night with cornbread. My family gobbled this up!
Hubby actually came home for lunch and had the rest today! I did add some turkey sausage that I had in the freezer.

When I make tacos, I offer them chicken but I don't consume it. I have tacos without meat. But I'm interested in your lentil recipe!

I also use a product called Quorn. It's a meatless alternative that's not soy based. Both my husband and the kiddo like it.

By offering alternatives and purchasing less and less meat - they are coming over to the "green side" a little at a time. I hope your family will do the same.

Have your husband watch Food, Inc. He might never eat meat again!


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OVERHAULING-ME 5/2/2011 4:47PM

    Love this post! I've been thinking along the same lines as well. I would love to have your lentil taco recipe! Actually ANY recipe you want to pass along I'll take! I'm always looking for new ones and too easily stay in a rut. Good luck with your family on these changes!

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NEW-CAZ 5/2/2011 1:33PM

    I rarely eat red meat, I adore fish and chicken but most of my plate is covered in vegetables- so filling.
I like the sound of your planned meals, enjoy.

Great blog Heather as always very thought provoking! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 5/2/2011 1:28PM

    yes, I agree w/you wholeheartedly - if I can find humanely-raised alternatives to factory-farmed meat & eggs (we've taken the first small steps of our own, reinforcing the chicken coop & trying again w/the poultry)... It certainly means we'll be eating much LESS meat due to the expense! & cherishing each & every precious orb our darling hens produce... (for Easter breakfast, we each had ONE fried egg, quite a change from the days when I used to scramble up 8 for the 3 of us!)

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DARINGR8LY 5/2/2011 1:02PM

    I have been exploring this myself but I also face major opposition from the cook. I feel it will at the very least happen for me in baby steps one of these days.

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YOURJONES 5/2/2011 12:58PM

    Hey that's great! I agree with the reasons you listed in #'s 1-7 wholeheartedly. I think ANY steps towards eating less meat is wonderful! I try to be vegan as much as I can but I'm not 100%. I find if I "can't" have it then I just want it more! There's certain things that are just so irresistible! My whole family adores Chinese Orange Chicken and I make it about 1x every other week. That's probably the only meat we eat. Milk? I don't use it in my coffee or cereal. Maybe a touch in the canned refried beans to thin it out. Cheese? Because it's high in fat, esp. saturated fat I don't use it. BUT every once in a while I might splurge and make nachos with it but that's a rare occasion.
I don't feel bad that I can't call myself "vegan" because I know that the choices that I am making are good for me and hopefully those choices along with anyone else trying to eat less meat are driving the "demand" for meat down. I don't need that title to make myself feel better about it.
Your lentil tacos sound really yummy. I've never tried them. Maybe you can share sometime?
I hope you have a wonderful week!
Your friend,
Kimberly
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ELISADEL 5/2/2011 12:36PM

    It sounds like you're doing a great job making a transition toward food that's better for you and your family, a heck of a lot better for your wallet, and better for the environment as well. Great planning!

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FUNFROG79 5/2/2011 12:16PM

    I've tried so hard to not eat meat and they only thing I can't shake is pork....LOVE pig products. I don't eat hamburger anymore, but I eat everything else. My husband and I try to have at least two meatless meals a week. When I read Fast Food Nation, I didn't eat meat or fast food for like three months.....hmmmm...maybe I should read that again! Great blog!

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Well, at least it didn't go up...

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Yep, that would be the emoticon I'm talking about. emoticon Didn't go down, didn't go up. So, I guess I'm thankful it didn't go emoticon but, I really wish it had gone emoticon.

I stayed fairly on track with my goals for the week.

I didn't write my journal, but I did catch myself doing the same thing mentally at the moment something frustrated, irritated, or angered me. So, same idea, just more instantaneous :). I did what the exercise was intended to do and evaluated situations for what the were and what could be done about it. emoticon

I didn't read so that was a fail....going to do better this week.

Yoga didn't fit in as much as I wanted it to. Doing better this week.

Personal fitness was a success!!! My foot continued to feel better over the course of the week. I added some walking, ran a bit on Thursday, kept walking, added in full strength sessions, did hill repeats on Saturday and hiked our little hill!! Saturday was a crazy busy, lots of exercise and walking and no repercussions for the foot as far as I can tell so far. emoticon
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So, my fitness this week was REALLY good and the scale didn't budge...hmmm...this is what I think...A) I didn't do a good job tracking food or water. I know for a fact I am dehydrated today and need to guzzle the water and flush all the gunk from my body...B) I went WAAAY over the scheduled minutes for fitness and got the warning in red letters to the effect of you have to eat enough calories to support this level of exercise reset something so you get enough food.

So, this week's goal will see a little change...

1. Going to continue on with mentally and/or physically journaling emotional triggers.

2. Going to continue with physical fitness goals....run 3x this week, strength 3x this week and walk a minimum 3/5 days to get the kids from school.

3. Yoga...really do need this so it will be scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

4. Personal scripture time.

5. Water, water, water....a min. of 64 oz every day.

6. I am not changing my trackers this week, I will keep an eye on it for now and if I maintain the level I will change it on Wednesday.

7. Track food!!!

Okay, 7 goals seems like kind of a lot, but I'll make it work!! :)

Happy start of a new week everyone.




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FUNFROG79 5/2/2011 9:44AM

    Glad the foot is feeling better! I think you are going to do so great with your schedule! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 5/1/2011 10:09PM

    Love how you are making weekly plans & then checking in. Have a great week! emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/1/2011 7:39PM

    You are doing emoticon! It might be the water but maybe you did it all right and your body is just trying to be BOSS. You show it who is Boss, stick to your wonderful plan and I bet you'll lose BIG next week!

Here's to a SUCCESSFUL May!

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TEDDYBABE 5/1/2011 5:57PM

    Oh the water catches me every time! Great schedule!

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ESBELL 5/1/2011 5:56PM

    I had a weigh in like that a couple of weeks ago, but then I got a nice surprise the following week. You are doing really well with your goals - keep it up!

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DARINGR8LY 5/1/2011 5:46PM

    I can't remember if I told you already or not but yeah for the foot. emoticon

This next week WILL be outstanding especially in yoga. Keep the awesomeness going. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/1/2011 4:15PM

    go for it Heather emoticon

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PETITFLOUR 5/1/2011 3:31PM

    uh.. you are eager. Wish you the best of success. You can do it!

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